Safe Standing latest
LOFT has long argued that safe standing is both feasible and desirable, as a means both of increasing capacity and providing a low-cost point of entry for people to start watching football.
The Football League is currently carrying out a consultation into safe standing among the 72 League clubs. The four questions being asked are:
- Should the Football League approach the minister for sport to request that the 'all-seater' stadia requirement for Championship clubs be reviewed with a view to the re-introduction of standing accommodation?
- Should the Football League approach the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to request that rail seating products be licensed in Football League grounds?
- Should clubs be permitted to accommodate supporters in rail seating in the Championship?
- Should clubs be permitted to revert from seating to standing accommodation in League One and League Two following relegation from the Championship?
While we recognise that there is no immediate prospect of safe standing being introduced at Brisbane Road for cost reasons, we believe that the option should be there come the day that the East Stand requires redevelopment.
We therefore call upon Leyton Orient to answer 'yes' to all four questions.
Supporters can and should make their voices heard as well. If you too want the option of safe standing to be available, give your views to the club's Supporter Liaison Officer - chief executive Matt Porter. Time is short, as the consultation ends on Friday 24 January.
To read more about the Football Supporters' Federation's Safe Standing Campaign, visit their website.